Ingleby can't wait for Surf Festival on his home breaks
EMERALD Beach longboard champion Harley Ingleby has taken on the best the world stage has to offer but he reckons surfing for the national title in his backyard at the Australian Surf Festival will be just as big a thrill.
The Coffs Coast is gearing up for the largest gathering of surfers in the country when the Australian Surf Festival is held from August 1 to 18.
Almost 400 surfers from around Australia will contest the numerous sections in the festival.
National titles will be decided in Open Surf Masters, Single Fin, Longboard and Logger divisions. This year will also see the introduction of the inaugural Wahu Australian Bodyboard Titles.
Ingleby, the 2009 World Champion, recently won the NSW Longboard Title and is excited to have Australia's top longboarders battling it out at some of his home breaks.
"The NSW Title has always been a really tough title to win with the strength of competitors in our State," Ingleby said.
"It's going to be great to surf for an Australian Title in the Australian Surf Festival on the Coffs Coast.
"This will be the biggest event I have surfed at home."
As locals know, Coffs Harbour is home to a number of great beach break options that work in a variety of wind and swell conditions.
The main base for the event will be Park Beach but the event is fully mobile.
Depending on conditions, breaks such as Macauley's Headland, Diggers Beach, Jetty Beach, Gallows, Arrawarra Beach, Mullaway Beach, Woolgoolga Beach, Emerald Beach and Sapphire could also be used.
The official opening ceremony will be held on August 1 at 4pm at the Hoey Moey.
2014 AUSTRALIAN SURF FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
1 August - Australian Surf Festival Opening Ceremony
2-6 August - Australian Surfmasters Titles
2-3 August - Australian Single Fin Titles
6-14 August - Australian Longboard Titles
7-10 August - Australian Logger Titles
14-18 August - Wahu Australian Bodyboard Titles